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Friday, January 22, 2016

Psychologist Discusses Proper Handling Of Alarming Events; Understanding Individual Variability Key

BERLIN — The fear and concern created by the unfounded bomb threats that have disrupted local schools in the past two weeks has been stressful for some parents and their young students. Yet, somewhere in all of that disruption and uncertainty is an opportunity for parents and their children to have a real conversation about recent events in order to not only talk about their feelings or fears, but to more importantly decipher fact from fiction and understand the importance of labeling each of those things clearly.

This week, The Dispatch sat down with Dr. Jennifer Leggour, who is a clinical psychologist and the clinical director at Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. She says that while kids today are much tougher than we think, parents still need to stay calm and listen intently to what they have to say during and after scary situations.

Here’s a look at what we discussed on Wednesday, the day after the most recent bomb threat at Stephen Decatur High School.



Anonymous said...

Is it just me or is she gorgeous?

lmclain said...

Stop teaching (conditioning) our children to be afraid of everything.
Is there an army of "counselors" who need a real job??

Steve said...

When everybody needs "counseling",then they have received psychological evaluation, which then takes away their 2A rights.

Get it? It's on an official record!

Anonymous said...

The only thing that takes away 2a rights is a
30 day inpatient stay or a legal certification. You have to be very ill to get either and probably shouldn't have guns for your own safety or that of others. For goodness sake, don't go scaring people who need real mental health help. A general eval or vist to a mental health clinic is not the same at all. Get your facts straight 8pm

Steve said...

That may be today's rule, but what about tomorrow, 814? Records are permanent. Ignorant laws get passed every day, and this can be retroactive.

Get a clue.

Anonymous said...

Fear mongering and stigmatizing mental health clients. Gee, seems like a surefire way to push a person with mental health issues to refuse treatment and therefore create the problem we're trying to avoid. Perhaps we should hope that the insurance records, hipaa, and constitutional rights of all will continue to be preserved by protecting our rights. All of them. Not just the ones that make you feel superior to other people who might struggle more than you do.

Anonymous said...

If anyone could assuage my fears, it might be her.